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Capacitar: A Brief History

First workshops were offered in 2009 in Bukavu, Congo DRC, by Sr Dr. Genevieve van Waesberghe, MMM.  Workshop participants included religious, social workers and parish workers doing outreach to women, internal refugees, child soldiers, children accused of witchcraft, and victims on ongoing violence in the region. 
In 2010, Genevieve worked in Goma under the auspices of Jesuit Refugee Services in four refugee camps with women victims of rape, children and youth, as well as with UN and JRS staffs.  In Bukavu she led workshops for the Association of Religious of Congo for religious working with youth, women’s groups and vulnerable children.

In Feb and October 2012, Geneviève was invited by Protection International with the support of Amnesty International (Netherlands section) to introduce 30 Human Rights Defenders (HRD) from 13 organisations to Capacitar. The aim was to offer the participants simple tools for Stress Management and to enable them to integrate Self-Care in their lives, both individually and as a team. Self-Care is an essential element of their activism. (;

Participants have made great use of the Capacitar wellbeing tools with their families, colleagues and beneficiaries and found them very helpful. In collaboration with Protection International, a small team is now ready to be mentored as Local Capacitar Trainers for the North and South Kivu regions


Upcoming Workshops/Events


  • 12-13 GOMA - Shorts sessions with two groups of Animateurs
    For details, contact Ingrid Janisch +243.992.972.036
  • 14-17 GOMA - CAPACITAR MODULE 1 TOT organised by St Boniface Institute>
    For details, contact Ingrid Janisch +243.992.972.036
  • 18 GOMA - A day of Introduction to CAPACITAR for CARITAS Staff
    For details, contact Ingrid Janisch +243.992.972.036

Contact Information:

Geneviève van Waesberghe
+255 752 260 416


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